Babylonstoren Farm Hotel

There is much history at Babylonstoren Hotel in the heart of the Cape’s Drakenstein Valley. The old Cape Dutch “werf” (courtyard) dates back to 1690 when the farm was granted to burger Pieter van der Byl by Governor Simon van der Stel. Today the farm boasts an impressive fruit and vegetable garden of great botanical diversity which supplies the hotel’s remarkable restaurant.

Guests are free to enjoy lazy days, strolling around the 200 hectare farm where they can view and participate in harvesting of fruit in the orchards or vines being pruned in the vineyards.

Spanning eight hectares, the Babylonstoren garden is the heart of the farm. There are over 300 varieties of plants in this formal garden, and each one is edible and grown as biologically as possible. Gravity feeds water into the waterways from streams in to the garden as it has done for the past 300 years. Guided or unguided tours of the fruit and vegetable gardens are delightful, and guests have the opportunity to pick their own salad or savour a delectable lunch in the restaurant.

Spend your down-time de-stressing at the hands of the experienced staff at the spa which offers hot stone massage and couples treatments and has a Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, swim in the farm dam or pool, or sample a selection of excellent wines that grow on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountains.

No stay is complete without a tour of the exceptionally well-preserved original “werf” which includes the original Manor House (1777), old cellar, wheat store, leaning bell tower, ornate fowl house and dove coate and historic gates surrounded by the traditional low whitewashed stone wall.

Life is uncomplicated and unpretentious at Babylonstoren and this translates into their food as well. Everything is fresh from their garden or from neighbouring farms and meals are served anywhere on the farm dependent on the season and the weather.


There is a good reason why Conde Nast Traveller (US), Hot List 2011 dubbed Babylonstoren “The Cape’s most authentic and comforting farm stay”.

Guests to Babylonstoren will be impressed with the traditional 18th-century cottages which are immaculately decorated by Afrikaans designer, owner and ex-Elle Magazine Editor, Karen Roos. The living areas are spacious and airy thanks to the high ceilings and neutral colour pallets with light oak floors and furnishings, white walls couches and rugs and stainless steel kitchenettes for those who wish to self-cater.

The bedrooms are inviting with vintage beds and large, white tiled en-suite bathrooms with Victorian ball and claw feet. Everything comes together perfectly in a comfortable mix of old world and modern farmhouse charm.


  • Air-Conditioning
  • Baby Cots
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central Heating
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • iPod dock
  • Library
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Terrace/balcony (private)
  • Toaster
  • WiFi Internet


  • Bird watching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Cooking classes
  • Food and wine
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Kayak/canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Plantlife/flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Wine Tasting

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